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Global Professional Training

Communicating, Working and Leading in the Middle East & North Africa

global professional training

Conference Dates: April 5-6, 2014 at The University of Texas Austin, Thompson Conference Center

The Global Professional Training (GPT): Communicating, Working and Leading in the Middle East is a two-day event offering professional development training to students at The University of Texas at Austin who are interested in working and living in the Middle East and North Africa. 


Who can participate?

U.S. Students: Students with an interest in, but little familiarity with, the Middle East and North Africa gain a better understanding of the people, traditions, and professional norms.

Cultural Ambassadors: Students from the region have the opportunity to contribute their unique perspectives as they lead group discussions and network with US students who share there interests.



Registration deadline is March 1, 2014. 

U.S. Students

Cultural Ambassadors


Topics at the GPT have included:

  • Cultural Analysis for Success in International Contexts
  • Islamophobia and the Ethical Challenge to Global Leaders
  • Ethical Leadership from a Cross-Cultural Perspective: Examining Similarities and Differences in Leadership Styles and Ethical Decision-Making across Cultures
  • Global Leadership in the Context of the Middle East
  • Middle Eastern History and Culture 101

The training culminates with a keynote event. The speaker for the 2013 program was Ambassador Sada Cumber, First Special Envoy to the Organisation of the Islamic Conference.

The Global Professional Training is sponsored by the International Office in partnership with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Center for International Business Education, Continuing and Innovative Education, Petroleum Extension Service and the Department of Electrical Engineering.


“As a Muslim and someone from the Middle East, I am amazed to see how many people are interested in either studying about or actually living in the Middle East! I commend the Middle Eastern Studies department for holding this successful workshop.  I definitely hope more of these will be offered in the future with varying themes, subjects, and speakers.” 

“I gained a broad understanding of interpretation and adaptation and the importance of being a well-rounded leader.”